On Monday morning, the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals stood roughly shoulder-to-shoulder at the front of the pack of teams vying for position in the 2010 National League Central division.
The Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros lagged badly behind, and if you had asked most fans then who the favorite would be when next spring training rolled around, the vote would likely have gone narrowly to the Cubs over St. Louis, with little consideration for also-rans Milwaukee and Houston.
Now, on Wednesday night, the smart choice is probably Milwaukee. St. Louis and Houston are also in the conversation. Barring an unforeseen change of fortunes from this point onward, however, the Cubs are a safe bet to finish no higher than third in 2010.
There is one simple reason this is true, and ...
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Article written by Matt Trueblood